Another week, another slew of events happening in and around the national capital. Grab a drink, sit back and enjoy Eventful Capital’s weekly picks for ideas on noteworthy events happening in Ottawa-Gatineau over the coming days. As usual, if you want details, just click on each event poster below for more info.
As part of Black History Month, the Algonquin Students’ Association presents Shaun Boothe live at the Algonquin Commons Theatre this Tuesday, February 11. This free all ages event will feature the award winning hip-hop artist and talented orator along with special appearances by local spoken word poets Just Jamaal, Prufrock Shadowrunner and Brad Morden.
Down With Webster will be giving a live performance at the Bronson Centre this Wednesday. The Canadian hip-hop/pop/rock formation, who’ll be making a stop in Ottawa as part of the Party For Your Life Wintour, will be joined on stage by special guest artists Son Real of Vancouver and D Pryde of Toronto.
Over at Raw Sugar Cafe this Wednesday, Toronto indie folk singer-songwriter Megan Bonnell will be giving a live show. Toronto-based artist Emilie Mover will be joining her on stage for the occasion along with Ottawa-based folk/pop project Peas& Carrots.
If you’re into progressive blues rock sounds, you may wanna head over to the Rainbow Bistro this Wednesday, February 12 to check out local groups Twisted Planet, Creep Like Thieves and 3MD perform live.
If you’re a fan of metal, you don’t want to miss the show happening at Mavericks this Thursday night. Blackwidow Promotions brings you Bay Area thrash metal group Death Angel live at the Rideau Street venue this February 13. The band, who’s currently on tour in support of its latest album “The Dream Calls For Blood”, will be sharing the Ottawa stage with folk metal group Týr and local melodic metal formation Signs of Chaos.
Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, and wether you like it or not, that’s the perfect excuse for organizers/promoters to offer event-goers a variety of thematics to choose from. Playing on this idea, Mansion presents PLUR Palace this Thursday, February 13 featuring an extended dancefloor until 5am among other v-day related things.
If you’re not about Valentine’s Day, be sure to head over to the Heartbreak Hotel this Friday at Ritual for a special edition of The Convo with DJs Jon Deck and Frank Play fulfilling your musical needs all night long.
Ottawa’s favorite DIY label Bruised Tongue is turning 5 years this weekend and the celebrations promise to be nothing short of fun. The good people behind Bruised Tongue invite you to join the party over 3 nights of bands, DJs, and all around good vibes.
This Friday, the Niyamah Collective presents Artistika: The Love Art Party, at the Rideau Curling Club. This eclectic event, meant to celebrate the arts and artist in all of us, will feature zumba, hooping, poetry, live music, body art and face painting, a massage booth and a photo kissing booth among other things. A celebration of love without the commercial bullshit.
For those of you who thought you’d never get to see Rusty live, think again. The Toronto 90s alt-rock group who broke up in 2000, is doing a comeback reunion tour and stopping in Ottawa for the occasion. The boys will be at Zaphods this Friday alongside The Superlative and Dead Air Republic.
If you’re into indie music, head over to Cafe Alt this Friday as CHUO and the Cafe Alt Concert Series present a live performance by Amanita Bloom of Montreal alongside Ottawa-based groups Heavy Bedroom and Slippies.
The underground Gabba Hey venue (for which the address is always divulged at the last minute), will host a garage punk show this Friday featuring live sets by Halifax group Cousins, and local bands Average Times and Bonnie Doon.
The Valentine’s Day edition of Kitchen Party is being held this Friday at the Rochester Pub. If you’re looking for a good time, this is a sure bet as DJs Hobo & Sweet Cheeks are known to select the best in funk, soul, disco, electro, and everything in between for your dancing pleasure.
The Silk dance party is celebrating one year of R&B jams this Friday. The event will be taking place at Raw Sugar Cafe with usual suspects Matty McGovern, Matt Tamblyn and Eric Roberts playing your favourite R&B tunes all night.
The second annual You Now Have Valentine’s Day Plans edition of Girlz & Glam is going down this Friday at Bablyon. For the occasion, the Grillz & Glam fam is dedicating the night to celebrating the ladies of the 613. As per usual, local DJs Brains4brkfst and Philboy will be taking care of your musical needs and providing the soundtrack to your Vday.
Weird Canada invites you to the Ottawa launch of Wyrd Distro, the first non-profit online store and distribution service dedicated to emerging and experimental Canadian music, art and ephemera. The kick-off of this cool new project, taking place on Saturday, February 15, is going down at Pressed Cafe.
This Saturday, the Hintonburg area welcomes a new addition to its growing neighbourhood. The Railbender Tattoo Studio & Art Gallery celebrates its grand opening and first group art show this Saturday, February 15. As part of the festivities, Beyond the Pale will be serving brew while Herbivore at the Door will supply tasty bites.
This Saturday, Ottawa-based Kalle Mattson, recently back from a European tour, will be launching his new album “Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold” at Zaphods. For the occasion, the indie folk musician and his band will be performing alongside Paterson Hall and Pith and the Parenchymas.
Over on the Gatineau side, Party Twist presents Brazilian Fever this Saturday in the Grand Hall of the Canadian Museum of History (previously the Canadian Museum of Civilization). This celebration of Brazilian culture will immerse you in a carnival atmosphere inspired by Rio de Janeiro by featuring live entertainment from Banda Bracatum, Batucada Carioca, Bateria de Escola de Samba, Capoeira Camara and Dance Migration. “Caipirinha” cocktails and Brazilian appetizers like “coxinhas” will also be available for purchase.
Hometown favourites The Souljazz Orchestra are performing live at the Petit Chicago this Saturday in an effort to promote the launch of their latest album ‘Inner Fire’. The Ottawa-based six-piece, known for its contagious soul, jazz and afro-latin sounds, will be kicking off an international tour with the Gatineau show. If you miss out, you can also catch them at Babylon in Ottawa on March 15.
Colour & Sound presents an all hip-hop night at the Daily Grind this Saturday. The event will feature live performances by G-Xplicit, Poetic Elements, The Adding Machine, Odcmplx (aka Fly On The Waltz) while Prufrock, Swayze and DJ D-Mass take care of playing your favourite hip-hop tracks. Art by Krissy Kay, Julia Churchill, Andrea Warren, Keturah Johnson and Mique Michelle will also be on display for the occasion. Admission is free.
There’s another metal show happening this week and this one is being held at Ritual on Sunday, February 16. Chicago-based metal 5-piece Born of Osiris will be headlining the night and the band will be accompanied by opening acts I, The Breather, City in the Sea, Killitorous and Infiltration. As of today, promoters warned that there are only 50 tickets left for this show, so act quickly if you plan on attending.